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ONLY FOOLS & HORSES TOPPLED

By Jason Deans, The Guardian, January 6, 2004

Only Fools and Horses has been toppled from its perch as the biggest rating show of the year by Coronation Street, after two years in which the long-running BBC1 comedy's Christmas specials ruled the roost.

The February episode of Coronation Street, in which serial killer Richard "Dastardly Dick" Hillman finally found a watery grave after driving the family car, complete with his wife and children inside, into a Manchester canal, was the most popular show of 2003, attracting 19.4 million viewers and a 62% audience share.

Only Fools and Horses had to settle for fourth place in the 2003 ratings top 20, with 15.5 million tuning in for the Christmas Day special.

This slide comes after Only Fools and Horses Christmas specials topped the ratings charts in 2002 and 2001, with 16.3 million and 21.3 million viewers respectively.